The Life of Sir David Wilkie: With His Journals, Tours, and Critical Remarks on Works of Art; and a Selection from His Correspondence, Opseg 2

J. Murray, 1843

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Stranica 450 - a monk in the retirement of his cloister, shut out from the taunts and criticism of the world, seems to have anticipated in his early time all that his art could arrive at in its most advanced maturity ; and this he has been able to do without the usual blandishments of the more recent periods, and with all the higher qualities peculiar to the age in which he lived.
Stranica 342 - Notte of Correggio is what I expected the most from, and the condition of which has given me the greatest disappointment. Yet, how beautiful the arrangement ! All the powers of the art are here united to make a perfect work. Here the simplicity of the drawing of the Virgin and Child is shown in contrast with the foreshortening of the group of Angels ; the strongest unity of effect with the most perfect system of intricacy. The emitting the light from the child, though a supernatural illusion, is...
Stranica 522 - I saw a large landscape at Madrid, that for breadth and richness I have seldom seen equalled. Titian seemed his model ; and I could venture to fancy that in it Sir George Beaumont and Sir Joshua would have recognised their beau-ideal of landscape.
Stranica 441 - ... in harmony with the choice Dutch pictures by which it was surrounded. " After seeing all the fine pictures in France, Italy, and Germany, one must come to this conclusion, that colour, if not the first, is at least an essential quality in painting : no master has as yet maintained his ground beyond his own time without it.
Stranica 470 - Velazquez and Murillo are preferred, and preferred with reason, to all the others, as the most original and characteristic of their school. These two great painters are remarkable for having lived in the same time, in the same school, painted from the same people, and of the same age, and yet to have formed two styles so different and opposite, that the most unlearned can scarcely mistake them — Murillo being all softness, while Velazquez is all sparkle and vivacity.
Stranica 335 - Correggio," says Wilkie, writing in 1826, " is no longer what it was — it is a rubbedout picture. The glazings upon the lights having been taken off, they are left white and raw, and can no longer be judged of as the art of that great master."* Elsewhere: "Correggio did not, like Rembrandt, in these effects attempt to give the colour of lamplight ; the phosphorescent quality of light was more his aim, as in his Christ in the Garden.
Stranica 197 - These alone seem to have addressed themselves to the common sense of mankind. From Giotto to Michael Angelo, expression and sentiment seem the first thing thought of, whilst those who followed seem to have allowed technicalities to get the better of them, until, simplicity giving way to intricacy, they seem to have painted more for the artist and the connoisseur than for the untutored apprehensions of ordinary men.
Stranica 335 - Still, however, the matchless beauty of the Virgin and Child, the group of Angels over head, the daybreak in the sky, and the whole arrangement of light and shadow, give it the right to be considered, in conception at least, the greatest of his works.
Stranica 108 - With a blue snood Jenny binds up her hair ; Glaud by his morning ingle takes a beek ; The rising sun shines motty through the reek ; A pipe his mouth, the lasses please his een, And now and then his joke maun interveen.
Stranica 384 - O'Connell, and Scott's family at Abbotsford. In one of his felicitous speeches, Wilkie remarked of his native country : " Bleak as are her mountains, and homely as are her people, they have yet in their habits and occupations a characteristic acuteness and feeling...

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